23 February 1916

Extract from the official war diary of 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Ville

Battn in reserve occupied on fatigues in trenches &c.    At 5.30 pm. 22nd, received order to stand to arms as enemy expected to attack.  At 9.15 pm. instructed to fall out.  The attack had been made & repulsed.

Extract from the war diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

charles brockbank

Wednesday.  At 6.0 A.M. today I got the cheerful news that I was to take 50 men & to go up to the trenches to try & straighten things out a bit after the strafe last night. What a sight it was too, the front trenches had been peppered with every conceivable sort of projectile & were in a pretty bad mess, but after five hours of hard work we had set things pretty well on their feet again. The Engineers were collecting a man who had been standing close to a 12 inch when it burst & were putting him in separate sandbags, but it does not upset you in the least to watch them. It started to snow hard at 11.00 A.M. & so by the time I got back to the billets at 4.0 p.m. I was distinctly tired, cross, wet & hungry. I went to bed in good time but Rigby who had been on a similar job to mine woke me when he came in at midnight.

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